Public Transportation Accidents

Our Lawyers Represent Passengers Injured in the Hoboken, NJ Transit Train Accident

Many residents rely on New Jersey’s transit system to commute to work. In addition, high-speed trains transport riders throughout the state and the Northeast corridor. Although the public transportation system is relatively safe, when accidents do happen, they tend to be catastrophic because of the weight, size and speed of trains and buses.

Seigel Law represents train and bus passengers, motorists and pedestrians injured in accidents involving public transportation vehicles, such as the NJ Transit train accident in Hoboken, NJ which killed one and injured dozens others. Our firm has concentrated solely on personal injury recovery since we opened our doors in 1976. Because we devote all of resources and experience to this one area of law, our lawyers can aggressively take on large corporations and municipalities responsible for your accident. After answering your automobile accident questions, we develop a strategy to recover the maximum possible compensation for your injuries.

Passenger injuries on the train and on the platform

Trains provide a convenient, safe form of transportation. However, passengers run the risk of being injured while on the train or on the platform under certain conditions, such as:

  • Narrow or under-construction platforms that increase the risk of falling onto the rails
  • Gaps between the platform and the train
  • Inadequate security in the station or on the train that may allow attack
  • Derailment and sudden braking

New Jersey train accidents

Train tracks crisscross the streets of Ridgewood, Hackensack, Fair Lawn, Teaneck, Garfield, Fort Lee, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Clifton. As a train approaches an intersection, a gate should descend, a warning bell should chime, and the conductor’s loud whistle should blow. If any of these vital alert systems fail, drivers and pedestrians are at risk of being hit by a high-speed train.

New Jersey bus accidents

Negligently operated buses present another threat to the public, motorists and passengers. A motor vehicle accident may result if the bus driver:

  • Texts or talks on a cellphone
  • Uses drugs or alcohol
  • Drives long-distance routes without adequate sleep
  • Lacks training and experience
  • Fails to monitor the back end of the bus during turns

Often, motor coach companies are at fault for the negligence of their drivers. The rules and regulations may encourage drivers to forgo sleep, take stimulants or speed to keep the bus on schedule. To cut costs, the company may also hire drivers with a history of traffic citations and without the requisite experience to safely handle a bus.

Get the help you need with your mass transit crash claim

Seigel Law is a premier auto accident recovery law firm. Call us at 201-444-4000 or contact us online to schedule an appointment at our Ridgewood-based firm. Your first appointment is free. We represent injured clients in the Passaic, Bergen, Essex and Hudson County regions, and throughout northern New Jersey, and we can go to your home or the hospital if your injuries prevent you from coming to us. Your case is handled on contingency, meaning you do not owe us attorney fees unless we win you damages.